2012 Games Greenwich Third Sector Bulletin – July 2010

London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Be informed, get involved!

Welcome to the third edition of our special London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Bulletin for the third sector in Greenwich.




London 2012 Open Weekend
The 2012 Open Weekend 2010, will take place on 23rd-25th July. To find out what is happening in Greenwich click here.


Games Makers
The application process for London 2012 Games volunteers starts on 27th July. For more information about the application process click here.

Third Sector 2012 Network Meetings
GAVS is holding Third Sector 2012 Network Meetings for all interested voluntary, community and faith groups in Greenwich to discuss ideas and issues on the 2012 Games. The next meetings will be on 15th September and 17th November, 10am – 12pm, at The Forum @ Greenwich. If you are interested in attending contact Pauline at GAVS on 020 8858 1363.

Become Part of the Cultural Olympiad
Do you have an idea for a cultural event that is inspired by the Games and reflects London 2012’s values and themes: sport, culture, environment, health, education? If you do, then become part of the Cultural Olympiad. For more information click here.

Short Film Competition
Young film-makers between 13 and 25 years old can win a chance to get their work showcased at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by entering the short-film competition Film Nation. Submissions are open until 1st October 2010. For more information click here.

VCS Advocates Group
GAVS is now part of the Voluntary and Community Sector Advocates Group for LOCOG. This gives us an opportunity to directly feed back to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) the ideas and questions from Greenwich groups.


Unlimited Commissions
London 2012 and the UK Arts Council want to commission high quaity, ambitious work by disabled and deaf artists that can be seen and experienced by a broad range of audiences in a wide range of spaces. There are two remaining deadlines: 10th October 2010, and 18th April 1011. For more information visit the Arts Council website.

Sports Funding
London sports groups can obtain funding from the PlaySport London: Facility Fund to build or refurbish local sports facilities. For more information click here.

London 2012 still has £1.7 billion in contracts to award. If you are interested in contracting opportunities you need to register with CompeteFor for news and notifications.

vcashpoint Round 9 Open to Applications
vcashpoint is providing funding for small volunteer-led projects that are inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Grants of up to £2,500 are available to individuals aged 16 to 25 years for projects that benefit a community and fit within v’s five themes for the 2012 Games: sport, culture, environment, health, education. The deadline for Round 9 is 6th September 2010 (12pm). For more information click here.


The Culture Diary
This is a huge online calendar for London where you can upload your planned activities for 2012, see what events others are planning and identify collaborative opportunities. To register click here.

Jobs related to London 2012
The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games website has job listings here, the Olympic Delivery Authority has listings here.

Pulling together

Greenwich Action for Voluntary Service (GAVS), the local CVS, and Greenwich Council pulled together an inspiring and informative event about the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games for the third sector in Greenwich. Highlight of the event on 19th March at the Greenwich Heritage Centre was a tug of war between representatives of the third sector and the Council, from which the sector emerged victorious.

The first speaker Councillor John Fahy pointed out, that the event was not about competing against each other in the rope pulling competition – an original event at Summer Olympics – but about the Council and the sector working together to support the third sector in Greenwich: “We want to see a thriving and active voluntary sector.”

Hosting the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is a big chance for the sector in Greenwich. “It is an opportunity that will not come again in our lifetimes so I think we should grab it,” said Paul Bower, Manager of The Big Opportunity, the London-wide initiative that helps the voluntary sector to make the most of the London 2012 Games.

Greenwich Council’s 2012 Unit, LOCOG/Inspire Mark, The Big Opportunity, Personal Best, Compete4 and many more provided information stalls which covered big opportunities in volunteering, arts and culture, sports, training, jobs and contracts and more. “Now everyone knows what’s going on”, said Toyin, from the organisation Listening Ears.

Numerous voluntary, community and faith groups in Greenwich have the potential to participate in the events before the Games, for example the Cultural Olympiad and Inspire Mark activities, and to support the delivery of the Games, by providing volunteers or venues. They can also help to minimise any adverse impacts on local communities and services, as well as ensure the legacy benefits those in Greenwich. “All these great ideas are very inspiring”, said Benson, from the West Greenwich Community & Arts Centre.

GAVS is the only CVS from all of the Host Boroughs with staff specifically tasked with engaging the third sector in the 2012 Games. “I am delighted that GAVS are leading the way in bringing Greenwich community organisations together to make the most of the world’s largest event which will be taking place on our doorstep,” said Paul.

About GAVS

GAVS, Greenwich Action for Voluntary Service, is the Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) in the London Borough of Greenwich. GAVS exists to provide a strategic leadership role in representing the views of the sector. It seeks to enable, facilitate and promote models of excellence in the provision of services that support the delivery and development of voluntary, community and faith organisations and those that work with them in Greenwich.

Greenwich Third Sector and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games


Friday 19th March 2010

2pm to 5pm

Greenwich Heritage Centre

(Royal Arsenal)

Find out how you can maximise your opportunities from the Games!

Stalls and presentations by Greenwich Council’s 2012 Unit, LOCOG, The Big Opportunity, Volunteer Centre Greenwich and many more on community activities, volunteering, training, jobs, arts, sports, youth and children.

For more information and to confirm your attendance please contact GAVS on 020 8858 1363 or info@gavs.biz.

Sign up for GAVS’ 2012 Games E-Bulletin here.